Beef Tataki Recipe

My Brother in Law moved away to college in Arizona and had requested easy and good Japanese recipes, so I decided to post some here if I’m typing it up anyway.

The first one is: Beef Tataki.

This one is a favorite of Josh and I. It’s SOO easy, but SOO good. It’s good the second day too if you can manage to not finish it the first day.
I originally got it off a recipe on a Japanese Cooking site, but I made it even easier for easier cleaning etc.

*Beef steak about 1 lb. ( I’ve used cheaper steak meat and more pricey meat but it’s never turned out bad..)
*1/4 cup vinegar (I used Japanese Rice vinegar but I think normal would work fine)
*1/4 cup Soy sauce
pinch of dashi powder (if you don’t have it, no big deal)
1 Tsp Lemon juice
*1 or 2 Garlic clove
1/2 Sliced onion soaked in water and drained
Some lettuce/ G. onion

If I don’t have all the ingredients that the recipe calls for when cooking, I try to decide if it’s absolutely necessary or if I can substitute it before I go out and buy it. Maybe I’m too forgiving at times (haha) , but it’s ok! I’m not rich yet! So I put a star next to the ingredients that are absolutely necessary for the flavor.


  1. Mix soy sauce, vinegar, dashi powder (if you have it), chopped garlic in a bowl and microwave for about 1 min and cool. (I usually put/measure it all in the pyrex measuring cup so I can wash the least dishes:P)
  2. Sprinkle the steak with salt and pepper, and sear in a frying pan the way you like it. (I cook it for about 4-45 min total in med-high heat for the inside to be red still.)
  3. Pat dry with paper towel, and put it in a large ziplock bag, and quickly dump the bag in a bowl filled with iced water to lock in the flavor.
  4. Once the steak is iced, take the bag out of the iced water, then add the sauce mixture in the ziplock bag. Squeeze in some lemon juice, and toss in some sliced onion.
  5. Shake the bag a little to let the mixture circulate, squeeze out the air, and put inside fridge for about an hour. Turn over the bag every 15 minutes so it marinates evenly.
  6. Take it out of the fridge, take the steak out of the bag, and slice it very thinly. Line them up on a bed of lettuce, pour the sauce/onion mixture on top, and garnish with cut up green onions and lemon slices if you like.
  7. Devour! I like to wrap the meat with the vegetables and garnishes. It adds a nice crunch to every bite:) Goes well with steamed rice!

There ya go. Hope you like it!